Despite the fact that postpartum depression has long been known, many experts believe it is not being properly diagnosed. As knowledge about postpartum depression grows, more health care providers are looking for risk factors in their patients as early as their first prenatal care visit. If a woman is at risk, her health care provider can evaluate her moods throughout the pregnancy. After a woman gives birth, she and those close to her should watch for signs and symptoms of depression. Her health...
Postpartum depression makes it
hard for you to function well. This includes caring for and bonding with your baby.
In rare cases, dangerous
postpartum psychosis symptoms can
occur within the first few postpartum weeks, as soon as a few days
Early treatment counts
Early treatment is important for you, your
baby, and the rest of your family. The sooner you start, the more quickly you
will recover. And there's less chance that your depression will affect your baby. Babies of
depressed mothers might be less attached to their mothers and might lag behind
developmentally in behavior and mental ability.